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Lawyers promise to drag Couillard and Moreau to court

Despite their four-month strike in the middle of the winter, lawyers and public notaries (LANEQ) will have to settle for the lowest wage increase in the entire public service. Unable to agree with Quebec, they promise to drag Philippe Couillard and Pierre Moreau before the courts.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
Lawyers and Notaries of the Québec State: Predictable Failure of Mandatory Mediation

Quebec lawyers and notaries (LANEQ) react to the disclosure of the report resulting from mandatory mediation with the government under the law. The report concludes that mediation has failed. According to LANEQ, this desolate result was predictable, since the law passed by the government to force the return to work of its members did not allow a real negotiation.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
A case of no respect?

Striking government lawyers in Quebec were forced back to work. Where does that leave them now? ....LANEQ is still hoping for positive outcomes to a legal challenge it launched against the government’s back-to-work law, as well as an action filed with Quebec’s labour relations board, accusing the government of bargaining in bad faith. One positive thing to come out of the strike, says Desroches-Lapointe, is the strong sense of solidarity that was forged among lawyers. 

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Publication date : 2017-07-10
‘Incredibly damning allegation’: Cardinal case ignites feud between prosecutors, justice minister

Alberta's justice minister has been accused of making an "incredibly damning allegation" about discrimination in the Angela Cardinal court case and now finds herself in a pitched battle with the province's Crown prosecutors. In a blistering four-page letter to Kathleen Ganley dated June 6, the president of the Alberta Crown Attorneys' Association defended the actions of the prosecutor who handled the case.

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Publication date : 2017-06-21
Senate committee outlines plan to fight court delays

People accused of serious crimes, including murder, should no longer be set free automatically when a judge finds their right to a timely trial has been violated, a Senate committee has recommended in a wide-ranging plan to fight delay in the criminal-justice system.... Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, said he liked the comprehensiveness and the recommendation to seek alternatives to stays. But he expressed concern that people might be allowed to violate their bail conditions without serious consequences.

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Publication date : 2017-06-14
Supreme Court ruling on trial delays ‘out of step with reality,’ senators say

The Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs released a report Wednesday that makes 50 recommendations to speed up criminal trials, saying what’s needed is a complete rethink of the Canadian criminal justice system, not drop-dead timelines. Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, said the report isn’t “alarmist” but “realist.”

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Publication date : 2017-06-14

CACC “Outstanding Achievement” (Dennis Theman) Award

The Canadian Association of Crown Counsel is the national Association which represents the collective interests of Crown prosecutors and Crown lawyers. It contributes to helping governments and the public understand issues involving Crown prosecutors in the criminal justice system and Crown civil lawyers in the civil justice system. It addresses issues of Crown lawyers concerning conditions of employment and working conditions and promotes and encourages the professional development of Crown Counsel. Members include representatives of Associations representing criminal and civil Crown lawyers from the ten provinces and from the Federal government.


 

Background to the Award


This national award was established in 2004 to recognize, honour and celebrate the work of devoted Crown Prosecutors and Crown Lawyers who have shown outstanding dedication to their role as Crown Prosecutor or Crown Counsel and who have shown exceptional support for and have promoted and defended the interests of the Crown and the interests of Crown Counsel.


The CACC Outstanding Award was first presented to and is named for Dennis Theman, in recognition of his perseverance in assisting the Crown employer and the public understand the issues that involve Crown prosecutors in the criminal justice system. It is also in recognition of Dennis Theman’s remarkable dedication to improving the conditions of employment and working conditions for Crown Prosecutors and his promotion and encouragement of their professional development. It also is in recognition of a man who was also an excellent and dedicated Crown Prosecutor.
From his call to the Bar in 1978, Dennis Theman exhibited a passion for issues of social justice and the practice of criminal law. He began his employment as a Crown Prosecutor in Nova Scotia in 1990. He was responsible for training many Crown prosecutors and was a respected role model. He never hesitated to assist other Crown Prosecutors in preparing their cases for trial while at the same time remaining fully prepared and dedicated in each of the matters he was assigned to prosecute. He was also devoted to ensuring the independence of the role of Crown Prosecutor. Dennis Theman served as President of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorney’s Association. During that time, and under his leadership, the Nova Scotia Crown Attorney’s …Eligibility  This Award is open to a Crown Counsel, who is a:ideally a member or former member of an Association of the CACC,

 

Criteria


This Award was created to recognize exceptional contribution and achievements by a criminal or civil Crown Counsel including:
a) outstanding mentorship;
b) outstanding contribution to the organization of Crown lawyers;
c) outstanding perseverance and dedication shown in the role of Crown Counsel;
d) exemplary leadership; and
e) outstanding commitment and service to the members of his or her Association.
This Award is available only to individuals, not Associations and may be presented posthumously. The CACC Executive and/or Nomination Committee Members are not eligible for the Award.


Nomination Procedure


The nominator for the Award must be a member of a CACC. Nominators must provide a brief statement outlining their reasons for nominating the candidate, including any press clippings and any other relevant information to the President of the CACC, or his or her delegate, by the date established for the deadline of nominations. The nomination must indicate that the candidate has been advised of the nomination prior to the deadline and that the candidate has consented (unless the person is deceased).


Selection Process
On the years in which the Award will be open for nominations, the President of the CACC, is to appoint a Nominations Committee to solicit nominations, recommend candidates to the Executive, and administer the Award and to arrange for the Award ceremony. The composition of the Nomination Committee is at the discretion of the President but should consist of a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) members. It should include at least one representative of a Criminal and a Civil Association. It may include the Previous President of the CACC, members of the Executive, the previous award winner and/or Dennis Theman.
The recipient of the Award shall be chosen from the candidates by a majority vote. More than one person may be awarded the Award in a given year. The Committee may also decide not to present the Award in any given year.


Presentation
The Award will be presented at a program or other function as is determined by the President.


Award
The Award will consist of a special plaque to be given to the recipient of the Award.
Deadline for Applications
Nominations and supporting material must be filed with the President of the CACC by a deadline specified each year. The deadline may be extended in circumstances that the President determines appropriate.